There were no new KC Royals players that began playing winter ball last week.
Let’s start in the Puerto Rican League.
Second baseman Jack Lopez played in four games last week and batted in three different spots in the 13-16 Santurce order (leadoff, eighth, and ninth). He went 2-for-11 with a double, two walks, two stolen bases, and a two out RBI. Lopez committed two errors (both coming on December 12th) and hit into two double plays.
Centerfielder Reymond Fuentes batted both leadoff and ninth for Santurce. He went 3-for-15 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI. He struck out five times.
Moving on to the Venezuelan Winter League.
Centerfielder Paulo Orlando moved into the fifth spot in Lara’s order (27-29) last week. He went 8-for-21 with a double and a solo home run. He scored two runs. Orlando did however bat third yesterday (2-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout).
Johnny Giavotella started just two games last week for La Guaira (25-29). He did pinch run in another. While playing third base, Gio went 1-for-5 with a walk and a run scored.
Finally to the Dominican Winter League.
Both Aguilas and Gigantes are tied for second place at 26-18 (two games back).
Miguel Almonte made one start last week for Gigantes and earned the victory. He allowed three hits over five scoreless innings while striking out seven. He induced four ground outs to two fly outs. This is the type of pitching I was expecting to see from Almonte this past season in Wilmington.
Michael Mariot made three relief appearances for Gigantes last week, but allowed his first runs in winter ball on December 12th (0IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K), taking the blown save. In that outing, he allowed a three-run home run to Juan Francisco. In the other two outings, he was perfect (no base runners over two innings) and earned his first hold on December 11th.
Outfielders Moises Sierra and Carlos Peguero continue to bat in the middle of the Gigantes order. While batting third, Sierra went 4-for-8 with a double, three walks, two runs scored, and three RBIs last week. Sierra leads the DWL with 34 RBIs.
While batting fourth, Peguero went 3-for-16 with a double and a three-run home run on December 9th. He leads the DWL with eight home runs. He did strike out nine times last week.
Francisco Pena caught three games last week for Aguilas. He batted between eighth and ninth in the order and went just 1-for-9 with four strikeouts. Pena did walk twice and hit a solo home run on Sunday.
Angel Franco played third base on December 9th for Aguilas and went 1-for-3 with a walk. However, he has not played since because he got married over the weekend.
Stay tuned next week for another winter league recap!